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Saturday, 28 May 2016

NIGERIA - COUNSEL TO PDP'S METUH SAYS PETITION TO EFCC TO PROBE JONATHAN IS A HOAX


Counsel to Chief Olisa Metuh, the embattled former National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democractic Party, PDP, Barr. Ben Nwosu, has described as a hoax, a recent petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for the anti-graft agency to invite and probe ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on issues relating to the ongoing trial of Metuh. 

Sri Lanka says 100 missing in landslides are dead



Around 100 people still missing following landslides in Sri Lanka last week are believed dead, authorities said Saturday after failing to find signs of life under tonnes of mud.
The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said 67 bodies had been recovered from the worst hit central district of Kegalle where 99 people were still listed as missing following the rain-triggered May 17 disaster.

FOOTBALL - KEY MOMENTS IN PHOTOS AND TEXT OF THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: REAL BEAT ATLETICO 5-3 ON PENS AFTER A 1-1 DRAW



Atletico Madrid 1-1 Real Madrid (Ramos 16'  Carrasco 79') Real win 5-3 on penalties

NIGERIA - Cross-border kidnappers nabbed in Rivers State



Operatives of the Special An­ti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Aba, Abia State Command of the Nige­ria police have arrested one Ogo­chukwu Ihedioha for his alleged in­volvement in a recent kidnap. This is even as a female member of the gang who was earlier arrested by the police claimed she only cooked for kidnapped victims.

Tottenham Hotspur Agree Deal To Play Home Games At Wembley from 2017-2018 Season.



Tottenham have agreed a deal with Wembley that will see them play their Champions League matches at the national stadium next season.
The agreement also provides Spurs with the option to play all their Premier League and cup home games at Wembley from the 2017-18 season.

Reports say Turkish rockets and US-led coalition have hit Islamic State in Syria



Turkish and US-led coalition airstrikes killed 104 Islamic State militants in retaliation for the latest attack on a Turkish border province, Turkish media reported on Saturday, citing military sources.

NIGERIA - EFCC GETS FIRST PETITION TO PROBE JONATHAN OVER ARMS DEAL SCANDAL



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday formally received a petition asking the agency to probe ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on the alleged mismanagement of $2.1billion released to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) for arms purchase.

WW2 Plane Crashes In New York's Hudson River



Divers searching for the pilot of a World War Two vintage plane that crashed in the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey have recovered a body, police have said.
The single-seated P-47 Thunderbolt went down near the George Washington Bridge where a US Airways commercial jet carrying 155 people splash-landed in 2009 in what became known as the Miracle on the Hudson.

Life's Building Blocks Found On Rosetta Comet



Scientists involved in the Rosetta probe mission say they have discovered the building blocks of life in a gassy atmosphere surrounding a comet.
They said the European spacecraft had found clear evidence of the amino acid glycine - a basic component of proteins - and phosphorus, which helps build DNA.

US Election 2016 - Trump's San Diego rally draws more than 1,000 chanting protesters



Donald Trump brought his message of walls and deportations to the doorstep of America’s busiest border crossing on Friday as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee greeted supporters in San Diego, amid one of the largest counter-protests organized against him.

NIGERIA - DRAMA AS ALLEGED ABDUCTOR YINUSA NAMES BABY ESE ORURU "FATIMA"


Yinusa Dahiru, the 18-year-old boy alleged to have abducted, raped and impregnated 14-year-old Ese Oruru, has named the baby girl delivered Fatima.
Ese was delivered of a baby girl on Thursday morning at the Government House Clinic after she went into labour at her Police Officers Mess temporary residence.

Friday, 27 May 2016

US military says Islamic State commander in Falluja killed


 U.S.-led coalition strikes supporting Iraqi forces in the recapture of Falluja have killed 70 Islamic State militants including the group's commander in the city, a U.S military spokesman said on Friday.

US Election 2016 - Trump pulls out of debate showdown with Sanders



U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Friday he would not debate Democrat Bernie Sanders ahead of California's June 7 primary.

NIGERIA - FIVE POLICEMEN MISSING IN RIVERS STATE



Five policemen attached to the Rivers State Police Command are feared missing after an ambush by gunmen on the Okujagu waterways in Okrika Local Government Area, last Wednesday.
The command Friday declared them missing and set up a panel to investigate the circumstances of their disappearance.

UNITED AIRLINES OF THE USA CANCELS FLIGHTS TO NIGERIA



United Airlines is closing shop in Nigeria from next month, citing weakness in the energy sector and difficulty in collecting money from tickets sold in the country.
The airline currently operates a daily flight from Houston to Lagos, the carrier’s only route to Africa.

North Korea threatens retaliation after South Korean warning shots



North Korea threatened retaliation on Friday after South Korea fired what it said were warning shots when a patrol boat and fishing boat from the North crossed the disputed sea border off the west coast of the Korean peninsula.

'100,000 Syrians trapped' as IS advances near Turkish border



At least 100,000 people were trapped Friday along Syria's border with Turkey after the Islamic State group swept through rebel territory in Aleppo province, rights groups and activists said.
The shock IS advance on two rebel-held towns came as the jihadist group is facing an offensive further east in its own heartland of Raqa province.

NIGERIA - REPORTS SAY MILITANTS HAVE BLOWN UP NNPC PIPELINE IN WARRI



The Niger Delta Avengers militant group said on Friday its fighters had blown up a large gas and crude pipeline operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) near the town of Warri and protected by soldiers.

Obama mourns dead in Hiroshima, calls for world without nuclear arms



Barack Obama on Friday became the first incumbent U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, site of the world's first atomic bombing, in a gesture Tokyo and Washington hope will showcase their alliance and reinvigorate efforts to rid the world of nuclear arms.

US sees first case of bacteria resistant to all antibiotics



U.S. health officials on Thursday reported the first case in the country of a patient with an infection resistant to all known antibiotics, and expressed grave concern that the superbug could pose serious danger for routine infections if it spreads.

FOOTBALL - MOURINHO CONFIRMED AS MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER


Jose Mourinho has been appointed as the new manager of Manchester United the club has confirmed.


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The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has been handed a three-year deal at Old Trafford, ending months of speculation linking him to the United job.

NIGERIA - HERDSMEN MAY HAVE BOKO HARAM AFFILIATION COAS SAYS



The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Yusuf Buratai, has hinted that the attacks on villagers and farmers in many parts of the country by herdsmen may be due to likely affiliation with members of the Boko Haram terrorists.
Buratai urged Nigerians to be security conscious and to report to the security agencies, any suspicious persons or group of people roaming about in their communities.

NIGERIA - WORKERS' STRIKE KEEPS EKITI STATE SHUT DOWN


An industrial action declared by Ekiti State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Unions Congress (TUC) yesterday, paralysed government activities as offices were shut and workers stayed at home.

Korean Air Jet Evacuated In Engine Fire Drama


More than 300 passengers and crew have been evacuated from a Korean Air jet after an apparent engine fire.

Iraq honors policeman who stopped would-be suicide bomber



Iraq has honored a police officer who stopped a would-be suicide bomber at a checkpoint in a northern Baghdad neighborhood this week.
Saad Ali Thabit's brave act was caught on a closed-circuit camera on Wednesday in the Kadhimiyah neighborhood and has since gone viral, racking up hundreds of thousands of views on Thursday.

Clinton says she understands US voter concerns about emails report



Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Thursday she was confident voters would make the "right decision" despite concerns over findings by an internal government watchdog that her use of a private email server while secretary of state broke government rules.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

US - Obama hits out at Trump, says he displays ignorance, seeks tweets over solutions



U.S. President Barack Obama disparaged U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday, saying the billionaire seeks tweets over solutions and has "rattled" foreign leaders with his pronouncements.

US ELECTION 2016 - Kentucky declares Clinton Democratic primary winner after recanvass



A recanvass of Kentucky's Democratic presidential primary results found Hillary Clinton won the contest by 1,911 votes, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes said on Thursday.

NIGERIA - FG KEEN ON USING $3.7BN SWF, ECA FUNDS TO BUFFER DWINDLING ECONOMY



The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Thursday said in order to mitigate the harsh economic realities in the country, the Federal Government would, over the next six months, use the $3.7 billion foreign exchange reserves accrued through the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) and Excess Crude Account (ECA).

NIGERIA - FORMER AVIATION MINISTER STELLA ODUAH ELECTED PRESIDENT OF ECOWAS FEMALE PARLIAMENTARIANS


Senator Stella Oduah, lawmaker representing Anambra North Senatorial District and former Minister of Aviation, has been elected as the President of ECOWAS female parliamentarians. 

BUHARI VOWS TO MAKE NIGERIA BETTER FOR ALL



President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday reassured Nigerians that he remained committed to fulfilling his electoral promise of making Nigeria a better place for all.
Buhari made the promise in his Children’s Day message which was made available to journalists.

FOOTBALL - ENGLISH FA CUP QUARTER FINAL REPLAYS SCRAPPED.



The English FA Cup quarter-final replays have been scrapped from next season, the Forefront has learned.
The Football Association said the decision was part of its "ongoing review" of the competition and helped to "ease English football's congested fixture schedule".

FOOTBALL - JOSE MOURINHO SIGNS AS MAN UTD MANAGER



Jose Mourinho has signed a contract to become the new Manchester United manager, according to sources.
The deal brings together the most charismatic, controversial coach in world football with the biggest club in England, and arguably the game.

NIGERIA - THE NIGERIAN ARMY ACQUIRE COMMUNICATION ENHANCING VEHICLES



The Nigerian Army has acquired six vehicles to enhance communication in its fight against insurgency in the North-East.
The vehicles were inaugurated by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, during his visit to Lagos on Wednesday.

Football - Lol. Seven-year-old pens Inverness fc managerial application



As Inverness Caledonian Thistle search for a new manager to replace outgoing John Hughes, how's about this application for the vacant position from seven-year-old Ewen? His letter after the cut>>>>

US ELECTION 2016 - Sanders may debate Trump, not Clinton, before California contest



U.S. presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have appeared to agreed to debate each other ahead of California's June 7 primary contest, an unconventional move before either political party has formally picked its nominee.

JAPAN - Atomic bomb survivors to attend Hiroshima event for Obama visit



At least three atomic bomb survivors will attend an event in Hiroshima on Friday when President Barack Obama becomes the first incumbent U.S. leader to visit the site of the world's first atomic bombing, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported.

NIGERIA - NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVES FOR NBC, NAN, NOA AND OTHERS



The Federal Government has appointed the Chief Executives of six information-related parastatals under the Ministry of Information and Culture.
The appointments were announced in Abuja on Wednesday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

NIGERIA - #281BN APRIL ALLOCATION FOR THE FG, STATES AND LGs


The Federal Government, states and local governments have shared N281.500 billion from federation revenue that accrued to the nation in the month of April.

The figure represented a decline of about N18.2 billion compared to the N299.74 billion shared last month. 

US Nukes And Missiles Controlled By Floppy Disks



A system used for controlling some of America's ballistic missiles and nuclear bombers is run from a 40-year-old computer which still uses floppy disks, a report has revealed.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the machine sends and receives emergency action messages for US nuclear forces, and stores data on 8-inch floppy disks first introduced in 1976.

US - One Dead And Three Hurt After NYC Gig Shooting



One person has died and three others have been wounded after a shooting at a concert near Manhattan's Union Square in New York City.
The shooting happened at about 10.15pm local time (3.15am UK time) at Irving Plaza.

FOOTBALL - MOURINHO DID'NT GET ENOUGH RECOGNITION AT REAL MADRID. ARBELOA SAYS



Alvaro Arbeloa believes Jose Mourinho has never had the credit he deserves for his efforts at Real Madrid.
Arbeloa was part of Mourinho's Madrid side which broke Barcelona's stronghold on Spanish football during his three-year spell in the capital by leading the club to the 2011/12 La Liga title.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

FOOTBALL (UCL FINAL) - RONALDO RETURNS TO TRAINING AFTER INJURY SCARE



Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Real Madrid training on Wednesday, calming fears over his fitness ahead of the Champions League final live on the Forefront.

Ronaldo hobbled out of Tuesday's session after a collision with goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, prompting alarm among Los Blancos fans just a few short days ahead of Saturday's European showdown with Atletico Madrid at San Siro.

US - Police warn 'swift' action against anti-Trump protesters



Police in Anaheim, California, warned they would take "swift and decisive enforcement action" if protesters get out of hand at a Donald Trump rally on Wednesday, a day after a violence broke out at the Republican presidential candidate's campaign event in New Mexico.

NIGERIA - COURT STOPS METUH'S ABROAD MEDICAL PLANS



Presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja today rejected an application by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman, Olisa Metuh for the release of his international passport to enable him travel to the United Kingdom (UK) on medical ground, the Forefront understands.

NIGERIA - FG DECLARES MAY 30TH PUBLIC HOLIDAY TO MARK DEMOCRACY DAY


The Federal Government has declared Monday, May 30 as public holiday to celebrate the 2016 Democracy Day. 

The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government on Wednesday in Abuja.

NIGERIA - SENATE SUMMONS CBN GOVERNOR AND FINANCE MINISTER OVER CRUMBLING ECONOMY



The Senate Wednesday resolved to invite the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, to brief it on the state of the country’s economy.

US - State Department Audit Faults Hillary Clinton and Other Secretaries of State in Emails



A State Department audit has faulted Hillary Clinton and previous secretaries of state for poorly managing email and other computer information and slowly responding to new cybersecurity risks.